The Best Ankle Pants to Wear in and Out of the Office

Ankle Pants

Plus, $89; Missy, $79

Black pants are the core item in any professional woman’s wardrobe. You can never have too many and are likely always on the hunt for the “perfect” pair. In the spring and summer, the classic black pant changes slightly, with a slimmer shape and a length that stops at the ankle. Something about that minor modification breathes new life into what you already own. It makes a tank/cardigan combo look fresh, a swing jacket modern, and adds a twist to a classic blazer and blouse.

There tends to be confusion about what constitutes an ankle pant versus a cropped pant, so let’s talk about that for a minute. An ankle pant should hit at the ankle. Some will hit at the very top, others will cut across the middle, at their longest they just cover it. A cropped pant cuts across your calf and more often than not creates an awkward line to the body. A cropped pant inadvertently makes your legs look stubby, even when they’re not. They are also inherently more casual than an ankle pant.

Last week I was working with one of my last clients of the season (I’ll pick back up in the fall) and discovered a fantastic pant  (in Missy and Plus) I wish I had earlier this spring. It has the structure of a trouser in a seasonal fabric, with a zipper front and flat hook and eye closure. The fit is a dream. I’ve tried so many slim ankle pants on myself, as they are my favorite silhouette, and almost all of them have a cut with little to no consideration that women have hips and a booty. The under $100 price point is the best I’ve seen for the quality and style. But what really thrilled me was the variety of sizes to a 20W.

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. What shoes would you recommend with them for office? I work in a construction office and heels are very impractical for me.

    1. Hi Amy!
      I really like ankle pants with a flat. One with a pointed toe would be ideal. Something like this would be lovely.
      If you like more of a ballet flat, I just ordered these this morning. I like the gathered detailing. The feel casual but still elevated.

  2. I love reading your articles! I was looking for the perfect pair of black ankle pants for the office and I just ordered these. I can’t wait to try them!

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